byAndrewB-BBY02-15-201803:15 PM - edited 02-17-201809:25 AM
I'll never forget how the original Iron Man movie transported the Tony Stark I knew from the comics to the silver screen with the perfectly cast Robert Downey Jr. If you've ever seen a movie that adapts a book, it can be a shock to see a different character than the one you envisioned show up on screen. When I saw Chadwick Boseman show up in Captain America: Civil War, I knew that the pragmatic king of Wakanda had arrived. Let's catch up on what's going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the next entry arrives.
After the events of Captain America:Civil War, T'Challa finds himself the new King of Wakanda with two challengers to his reign. Classic foes appear with Michael B. Jordan as Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, an exiled Wakandan with American black-ops training who is determined to take the throne for himself. Foreign invaders aren't T'Challa's only worry, Winston Duke appears as M'Baku, an isolationist tribe leader who doesn't want any outsider influence to taint the historically secretive African nation.
The Black Panther isn't alone in defending Wakanda from threats foreign and domestic. The Dora Milaje, Black Panther's personal body guards, are around to offer support and backup where ever he goes. Featuring actresses like Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira, these women are a force to be reckoned with. Letitia Wright appears as Shuri, Princess of Wakanda and a contender for one of the smartest minds in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She supplies the Black Panther with some technology that will give Tony Stark a run for his money.
What we don't know is how this will connect with the larger collection of Marvel movies. Will Wakanda be a front line in the battle for an Infinity Stone? It looks like we'll see quite a few current and former Avengers, dealing with some of the repercussions of Captain America: Civil War. There's nothing like an intergalactic threat to squash a disagreement among former allies. Whatever happens, Black Panther looks set to be an awesome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Check out Black Panther in theaters beginning midnight February 16.
If you want to get caught up before you head to the theater check out Captain America: Civil War on Blu-Ray to see how T'Challa becomes King.
Are you a fellow Funko POP! collector? The Black Panther figure is a great addition to any collection.
Don't forget about the excellent soundtrack curated by Kendrick Lamar. I've been listening to this nearly non-stop since it was released and I don't plan to stop any time soon.
If you can't wait to watch Black Panther at home, don't forget to pre-order the Steelbook on blu-ray or 4K. If you love steelbooks you know these will sell out quick so make sure to get your order in early!